Black History Month Activities Explore 'What is Black?'


Black History Month Activities Explore 'What is Black?'
EWS 401 Student George Bogonko takes center stage during the Kings and Queens Pageant last year.
Then-senior Reggie Jones portrays King Mansa Musa during the 2004 pageant.

An array of Black History Month activities are planned throughout February and into March.

The purpose of Black History Month at Cal Poly Pomona is to acknowledge the progress, richness, diversity and contributions that blacks/African Americans have made locally, nationally and globally.

The African American Student Center works to promote these contributions through cultural and educational programs, events and celebrations in collaboration with the black student clubs and organizations, the Black Faculty and Staff Association, students and community members and the campus at large.  

“I am excited to see the students' hard work manifested through the programs that are scheduled for this month,” says La'Keisha Gilford-Beard, coordinator of the African American Student Center.

The theme for Black History Month 2007 is “What is Black?”  

The activities include:

  • Feb. 6 – A discussion about Black/Brown Relationships will be held at noon in University Quad.               
  • Feb. 7 – A Cal Poly Pomona alumna will lead a discussion about Islam at noon in University Park.               
  • Feb. 7 – A discussion will be held about HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention at 1 p.m. in University Park.               
  • Feb. 8 – A Gospel Lunch at Los Olivos will feature a choir from New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Pomona from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.               
  • Feb. 13 – Come attend a demonstration of the Brazilian art form Capoeira at 11:30 a.m. in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major.               
  • Feb. 27 – The Kings and Queens Pageant, which is put on by Ethnic and Women's Studies Professor Toni-Mokjaetji Humber and her students, will depict historical African kings and queens in traditional garb. The pageant will be at noon in Ursa Major.               
  • March 1 – There will be a reception to honor elders on campus and in the community. The keynote speaker will be Sarah O'Neil, the great granddaughter of Booker T. Washington. The reception will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Minor.               

For more information, contact the African American Student Center at (909) 869-5006.